Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2019!

Australia's Magpie Swooping Map 2019!

Australia's social website to track aggressive swooping magpies in your area. If you are a cyclist, walker, runner or maybe a concerned member of the public then help protect others and share swooping magpie attacks on-line here!

2019 Attack Counts


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Recent Attack details for Australia

4048 Results
Magpie attack on Walker - 42 Grayson St, Hackett ACT 2602
Here is unusual one. The magpie swooped in and landed ahead of me, meeting my gaze. It didn't move until I nearly trod on it. ”oh" I thought, "it probably thinks I should be feeding it" I scrambled I n my bag and found some meusli crumbs and dropped them on the path. Moments later two magpies swooped in to peck

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Magpie attack on Walker - 137 Harbord Rd, Freshwater NSW 2096
Magpie swooped at me while I was pushing my baby in the pram along Harbord Rd. Continued to swoop another ten times. A friendly couple helped me walk a block away from the attack. After they left the magpie continued to swoop (each time hitting the back of my head) another 5 times.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - Car Dealership, 15 Josephson St, Belconnen ACT 2617
I had just dropped my car off at Nissan service area on Oatley Circ Belconnen and rode my bike on the footpath between Oatley Court and Park St. The magpie swooped four or five times along the pathway that joins the two roads and hit each time just below the helmet. He stopped when I turned the corner onto Nettlefold St. He did connect with my ear and drew blood.

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Magpie attack on Cyclist - 25 Eastlake Parade, Kingston ACT 2604
Magpie swooped several times before hanging onto my backpack and clacking it's beak. It stayed for around 300m. It swooped again as I reached Bowen Park. It was not very aggressive, just persistent.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 27 Pine Ave, Five Dock NSW 2046
2nd occasion being attacked by this pest. I was Walking and it snapped at me just above my head, took 3 dive bombs at me. Same happened around a month ago. Preschool across the road said they had a few issues recently as well. Rang council to report that there is a particularly aggressive bird above a school yard and pre school. As you would expect from Canada bay council ... they could care less. Hope it doesn't take a tragedy like a person recently knocked off their bike to get their attention.

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Magpie attack on Walker - 187-189 Brighton Rd, Elwood VIC 3184
Crossing from the other side of the road and almost made it when the notorious neighbourhood magpie struck again, this time from the front - flew straight at me! Caught me completely off-guard as I thought he would’ve been in his nest by this time, plus he only usually divebombs me from behind. Thank goodness the season is almost over!!

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4048 Results

Swooping Magpie Safety Tips

Below is a short list of safety tips that we've collected over the past 5 seasons from our readers that may help with preventing and avoiding a swooping magpie attack. Visit the Swooping Magpie Safety Tips page a full list of tips!

  • If you are swooped while cycling get off of your bicycle, a large number of injuries reported on are caused by accidents where cyclists fall off during an attack.
  • Keep an ear open for their distinctive calls.
  • It is important to try to stay calm, if you panic and flap then this is more likely to appear as aggressive behaviour and provoke a further attack.
  • Wear sun glasses and with large wide-brimmed hat to protect your head and eyes.
  • Face the magpie they tend to attack from behind so facing them should avert an attack. Remember to keep facing the bird as you walk out of their territory some birds will swoop as soon as you look away.
  • Warn other people where the magpies are swooping locally by registering the swoops with along with a description on our national mappie map!

Magpies are protected throughout Australia, and it is against the law to kill the birds, collect their eggs, or harm their young. If you feel a magpie is a serious menace, it should be reported to your local council.

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Your Stories

Jonny safe from cycling

I faced off against the M7 magpie and won!

I was on my usual 60km Sunday cycle route, cycling minding my own business when suddenly there was a snapping at my ear. I put my foot to the pedals and sped up, he came back for more and eventually gave up after about 150m.

Read what happens of my return journey...

Did my cable tied cycling helmet work?

Well did my cable tied helmet work? Having been attacked the previous week I'm not afraid to admit that I was a wee bit hesitant!

Read the full story here...

Add your own stories and reviews

We would very much like to hear from you if you have swooping magpie attack stories to share with Australia. Feel free to submit a review and pictures of your attempts to outwit and beat the magpies!

If you have any good tips then we will add them to our helpful safety tips sections.

Your submission will appear here and in our stories section.

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